Minnesota Vikings: Leslie Frazier Reportedly Out; GM Has Large List of Coaching Candidates

By Ryan Heckman
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The 2013 season has not been one for the books if you’re a Minnesota Vikings fan. Coming off of a playoff berth in 2012 and an unbelievable season by reigning MVP Adrian Peterson, the Vikings will miss the playoffs this year and have endured quite the quarterback controversy all season long.

Alas, it appears the Vikings are set to make a change.

Prior to the Vikings’ meaningless matchup with the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer put to rest any questions regarding the future of head coach Leslie Frazier. Via Glazer’s report on Sunday morning, a decision has been made and Frazier is out.

Per Glazer, “the hammer will fall” in Minnesota after general manager Rick Spielman meets with the organization’s ownership on Monday morning.

According to NBC’s Pro Football Talk, “Spielman has already compiled a double-digit list of potential candidates.”

Regardless of who is on that list of candidates, the decision to let go of Frazier is probably going to be a good one overall. Though Frazier is a highly-respected individual throughout the league, the way he handled the quarterback situation in 2013 was questionable at best.

Fans clearly wanted Christian Ponder on the bench, but Frazier stuck with him too long at times instead of inserting Matt Cassel, who has actually operated the offense better than any of the Vikings’ quarterbacks this season. The whole Josh Freeman experiment seemed to fail from the get-go, and Freeman’s future with the team is likely non-existstent as well.

With Frazier on the way out, the Vikings can begin looking toward the future as they get ready to leave the Metrodome and look forward to playing in a new stadium in a couple of years. Change, all around the organization, appears to be a good thing as they prepare to open a new chapter in the team’s history. Frazier is likely one of the many changes to come in Minnesota.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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